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 Peak:  Mt. Bierstadt (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  jnorris
 Date of Information:  12/21/2012
 Date Posted:  12/23/2012
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Guanella Pass Closed 8.2 miles up from the Georgetown side for winter. Shin to knee deep snow on Guanella Pass Rd past Winter Road Block. I put on snow shoes immediately on the other side of the road block and made it to the TH in about a hour. The snow remained deep through the Scott Gomer Creek area. It wasn‘t until above approx 12,300 ft on the shoulder before the snow thinned out to where it was manageable breaking trail without snowshoes. From there to just below the final summit pitch were a few snow drifts that were avoidable by staying on the rocks. Just before the final summit pitch there was a deep patch of snow approx 25-40 yards wide, that in places I sunk up to my waist.


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